Lt Verle Lee Hartley, US Navy, Died of Arsenic Poisoning in 1982, NCIS Cold Case Squad Solved Murder 13 Years Later, Wife Pamela Plead Guilty (1982)

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Lt Verle Lee Hartley, US Navy

  • Lee Hartley, US Navy, USS Forrestal (19 years of service)
  • Lee had one child from a previous marriage with Lynda Patel.
  • Lee Hartley died of arsenic poisoning on November 18, 1982.
  • Pamela received $35,000 in insurance money, $10,000 a year in veterans benefits, and free military medical benefits.
  • His second wife Pamela Hartley confessed & was charged with murder.
  • Pamela pleaded guilty to second degree murder in 1996.
  • Pamela was sentenced to 40 years in prison by a Florida state court.
  • Pamela Hartley served 16 years of a 40 year sentence; paroled.

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